טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentGilad Bar Levev
SubjectWhy Do Academics Apply for research Grants?
DepartmentDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management
Supervisors Professor Peled Dan
Dr. Bental Benjamin
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Abstract

Research grants have been the subject of recent studies as part of the growing literature in the field of "Science of Science". This is a rapidly developing field which aims at understanding the motivations of scientific researchers and designing incentive mechanisms to enhance their activity. While most of the studies carried out within this framework are mainly concerned with funding agencies, the current paper focuses on the recipients of the funding - the researchers. The paper empirically examines a unique dataset of 415 researchers over a four-year period to find what motivates researchers to apply for research grants.

In particular, the study investigates whether the success probability helps explain grant applications. Surprisingly, that channel fails to provide any insight as it turns out that the success probability is uncorrelated with observable indicators of the researcher’s academic standing, such as his or her rank, seniority, past publications, and various citations metrics.

Turning to the decision to apply, we find that professors are much less likely to apply than more junior colleagues. In addition, the further researchers get from their last promotion, the less likely they are to apply. However, this effect decreases with seniority. In addition, we find that the application odds of researchers with an active grant are up to twice as large as those of researchers without an active grant.